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Ran my very first 5K!

Saturday, May 05, 2012

100 lbs ago I could barely walk a block. Today I ran my very first 5k in 36 minutes 15 seconds!!

I did so much better than I thought I would. Guess I was better prepared than I thought. I was 15/31 in my age group & 116/230 overall. Middle of the pack? I love it! I get all giggly just thinking about it.

It was exciting starting with all those people. I didn't expect how much my competitive spirit would kick in & keep me running when I'd probably slowed to a walk if I was alone. The weather was perfect too - overcast and a bit on the chilly side, but no rain.

The only down side to the day was that hubby was called into work & I had to go alone. I wish he'd been there to celebrate with me... and take pictures. I did see people I knew though, including my boss. She did very well - 6th overall & 1st in her age group. Also saw a parent who attends one of the programs I do at work. She's at least 10-15 years younger than me and fairly slender, so I was really surprised that I came in 4 minutes faster than her.

I certainly picked a gorgeous location for my first race - the Dinsosaur Provinical Park in Alberta Canada. I don't have any pictures from race day, but here are a few photos of the park that I found on the internet:

(this is an image from last year's run - gives you an idea of the running surface)

Isn't it incredible? This is the badlands. When you enter the badlands you drive DOWN, not up. Those aren't mountains - rather the earth has eroded around them.

Besides being very cool looking, this is one of the most fossil-rich places in the world. Within the park, there are two fossil sites where they've built the exhibit around the fossils still in the earth - exactly where the dinosaurs died.

I started thinking about way back in April 2010 when I first decided to try running. I went & re-read a few of my old blogs from that time. I was so afraid. Afraid of trying and failing. But I didn't let the fear stop me. The first time I ran (30 seconds jog, 90 seconds walk for 20 minutes) I thought I might die... but I was also elated that I was capable of even that & that feeling kept me going.

This morning I was afraid too. I've gained weight & become less active since I started working 3 months ago. I'm still adjusting to handling it all. So I was NOT confident about this race. I gave myself a pep talk for the whole drive out there: "even if you're last, you're still a winner" "you just have to do your best" "what matters is that you show up".

Once again, I pushed through the fear and guess what? All of those things I told myself are true. Just showing up, doing my best & crossing the finish line make me feel like a winner. That I did better than expected with just the icing on the cake.

I'm going to wear my race t-shirt with pride!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PCOH051610 5/11/2012 11:32AM

    I wish I could have been there to cheer you on! I am so proud of you and so glad I have been able to witness this wonderful journey you embarked on when you joined Spark!

You've certainly come a very long ways both physically and mentally!!!

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SKFEREBEE 5/8/2012 5:14PM

    Congrats on your race. You did great!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 5/7/2012 2:26PM

    What an amazing place to run! And you did such and awesome job!! PROUD!!! emoticon

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    Oh, Deanna, I sure wish I could have been there to take photos of you on your first race! I am so proud of you! What a huge accomplishment! All these things I'm saying seem so small compared to what I'd love to think of to say! It's just such a wonderful thing that happened to us when we found that we could live happily healthy, isn't it!? Love ya, friend, and WAY TO GO!
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KANSASROSE67 5/6/2012 6:07PM

    So proud and happy for you! Great job! And what an interesting and beautiful location for a race.

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LINDAKAY228 5/6/2012 12:13PM

    I'm so excited for you! That is so awesome and you learned something about yourelf today. Congratulations on a job well done. The area does look very interesting. We have some badland areas in New Mexico too, that I've been to once or twice. But they are across the state from me. Your pics makes me want to go visit them again but not right now because here those areas will be getting hot.
Thanks for sharing your victory with us. Sorry that hubby couldn't be there.

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NATPLUMMER 5/6/2012 11:12AM


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CINDYHN 5/6/2012 9:46AM

Congratulations!!! What race are you running next???

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JLITT62 5/6/2012 5:44AM


That does look lime a great place to run! You did great! I see more races in your future.

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SHEILA1505 5/6/2012 4:48AM

    big hugs - well done :)

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LIBBYFITZ 5/6/2012 12:12AM

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So proud of you! I can empathise with you with the juggling act of trying to get our exercise in and full time work!

So sorry you didn't get photos, I asked strangers who were running to take photos!

We also had an official photo taker so you could order one of those as well. emoticon

Hope hubby can be with you Next Time! emoticon

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    Congratulations Deanna. That is so awesome.

Hopefully at your next 5k you will have someone to take pics for you.


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NEVERMIND2010 5/5/2012 10:29PM

    I am so proud of you! That's a fantastic time! And what a cool place to run!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/5/2012 8:49PM

    Great job, I am super proud of you!!!!

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MAPLECANDY3 5/5/2012 7:57PM

    Im so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!

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CANNIE50 5/5/2012 7:44PM

    This blog makes me happy. Nice job, runner, nice job!

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HOLDINGMYOWN 5/5/2012 7:18PM

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Awww.....but then again....I had all sorts of faith in you...I KNEW you could do it!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 5/5/2012 7:11PM

    You did so great! So exciting...

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BRAVENEWGRL 5/5/2012 6:19PM

    Yeah you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MNNICE 5/5/2012 5:30PM

    Congratulations! I'll always remember my first 5K. Of course it may also be my last 5K because I don't really LOVE running -- but I set it as a goal and I did it. How far you have come - congratulations on your progress and dont' every look back!!!

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    Congrats on your 5K! What a great place to run. emoticon

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FRECKS96 5/5/2012 5:26PM

    Woo Hoo!!! Congrats to you on a huge accomplishment!!! So proud of you!

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KRISZTA11 5/5/2012 5:26PM

    emoticon to your first 5K!
I'm glad you enjoyed it - such a wonderful place : )
Your time was awesome.

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RINA2002 5/5/2012 5:24PM

  How cool! My first 5k (in 19 years) is coming up next Saturday. Congratulations on an awesome finish!

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DUXGRL1 5/5/2012 5:19PM

    Good for you!

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UNICORN212 5/5/2012 5:10PM

    Ditto what Lorie said!

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    You deserve to wear your race t-shirt with pride. Congrats and WooHoo for you. I am sorry that you had to run without hubby, but you still did it on your own. What a winner you are in my book.

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HEALTHY4ME 5/5/2012 5:07PM

    YAYAYAYYA and so proud of you too!!! Sounds like you did really great.
I am hoping that I can get back to walking as I want to walk the 5k for arthritis june 10. I was doing great until the other day and now can't walk far at all and barely doing stairs. Something must have pulled in my knee again. argh but hoping by slowing down some I will still have time to walk again for while before the 5k.
SO YAYAYAYAYYA go girl go!!! you have your spark back!! I knew you would!
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3G1RLS4ME 5/5/2012 5:05PM

    Congrats I might do a 5 k walk run with hubby work too in September gotta ways to train

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